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Ms. Ford

Tracy Ford

Executive Director of Member Services, Wireless Infrastructure Association

Tracy Ford is Executive Director of Member Services at the Wireless Infrastructure Association and guides HetNet Forum initiatives for the association. The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the businesses that develop, build, own and operate the nation's wireless infrastructure. Members include wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate telecommunications facilities around the globe. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts — on the local, state and federal level — WIA works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure in order to enable wireless broadband everywhere.

The HetNet Forum is a membership group of WIA dedicated to the advancement of the heterogeneous network. The HetNet is a wireless ecosystem composed of a variety of mobile and wireless technologies and infrastructure, interoperable with the macrocellular network providing harmonious voice and data communications. Ms. Ford also leads WIA's Innovation & Technology Council, which produces thought-leadership items on topics including 5G, CBRS and in-building wireless solutions.  

Ms. Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award for both trade show and government coverage. She joined WIA in 2011. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ms. Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.

Please visit http://www.wia.org for more information.

Ms. Ford can be contacted at +1 703-535-7459 or tracy.ford@wia.org

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.